Franz Welser-Möst Withdraws from 2023 Engagements for Health Reasons

By Francisco Salazar

Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst has withdrawn from all engagements from late October until the end of the year

The orchestra released a statement noting that the famed conductor “had a cancerous tumor removed and will need to undergo treatment between his conducting engagements for the next 12 to 16 months.”

The statement added that his first period of treatment will begin at the end of October and that “his doctors are confident of a full recovery.”

Welser-Möst still plans to resume his conducting engagements in January 2024 starting with “The Miraculous Mandarin” on Jan. 11, 2023. He is also slated to conduct the Silver concert with the Semperoper Dresden.